FESTIVAL SEASON is here, and it means outdoor concerts, overnight camping, and fun times with friends. SXSW, Bonnaroo or Pitchfork? Lollapalooza or Coachella? Pick one or all, grab some friends, and hit the road for an experience you’ll never forget.
Along with your favorite cut-off shorts and flowy dresses, the most important thing about festival gear is packing a few essential but important items. To stay cool and comfortable on those hot festival days, stock up on accessories and gear that will help you look and feel great.
What to Wear?
Whether you’re flying or road tripping to your favorite festival, it’s helpful to pack comfortable clothes. MISSION has a variety of products designed to rapidly remove sweat, keeping you cool, dry and comfortable. The VaporActive System Mid-Rise Capri Leggings are stylish and functional, plus they have a hidden pocket where you can stash your ID or cash. Get them in basic neutrals, or a fun festival pink. Dress for Spring with lightweight, breathable materials and of course infuse some fun festival style with bright colors and patterns.
The Versatile Headband
Headwear is very common at music festivals, not just for the cool hippie vibes but also to keep cool and protected from the sun. The versatile Multi-Cool from MISSION is a great accessory to include with your festival gear. It can be worn 12 different ways on the head or neck and it’s a high-tech way to stay cool and comfortable during those hot days. All you have to do is wet the Multi-Cool and snap it. It cools as low as 65º and stays cool for hours, long enough to see at least 2 of your favorite acts at the festival. And an added bonus is that it also provides UPF 50 protection from the sun, and elements like wind and dust.
Look the part with a cooling bandana in an Americana print. Perfectly paired with a funky pair of shorts, and an oversized tank, the cooling bandana instantly cools when soaked with water, wrung, and snapped–which activates its cooling properties.
A Bag For Stash
It’s important to have a bag where you can hold your personal belongings but you also don’t want to be weighed down. A fanny pack or cinch sack is a quintessential hands-free way to carry around your stuff at a music festival. Due to their size, you will be forced to limit yourself to your essentials: wallet, phone, sunscreen, and keys. It’s convenient, stylish, and won’t get in the way of your fun.
Water, Water, & Lots of Water
Being outside in the sun all day means you’ll likely get dehydrated. And while there will certainly be plenty of places for you to buy water, the lines may be long. Plan ahead by getting a hydration backpack from Camelbak or another brand. That way, you can get plenty of water and not miss a minute of your favorite band. Some festivals may not allow backpacks or Camelbaks, so consider bringing a collapsible and refillable water bottle that comes with a clip so it can conveniently hang from your bag or belt. It’s become an affordable and eco-friendly trend that music festivals offer free water refilling stations, so bring your own bottle and you’ll be set.
A Good Towel to Sit On
After a day (or more) of walking around the grounds, carrying your festival gear, and dancing your heart out, you may occasionally want to take a seat, or maybe just cool down. The best thing about being at a music festival is that you can pretty much sit anywhere and everywhere.
Bring a towel to sit on in case you're worried about grass stains, and you’ll be good to go. And, if you get a quick drying cooling towel, you’ll also have something to wipe off the sweat and keep you grooving during those hot days.
A Portable Phone Charger
With all the photos, Snapchats, and texting your friends to find them, you will most likely run out of juice on your phone. Snag a portable charger to keep your phone (and your social media) powered up all day. Now don’t forget that you need to charge the charger up before you head out. If you’re camping and need something to last for more than a day, consider getting a solar charger for an easy, effective, and environmentally-friendly option. That way, you’ll keep a charge and have a working phone through any circumstances.
Being outside is the best part of summer and music festivals, but it’s important to keep yourself protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure you have sunscreen and sunglasses in your festival gear.
There you have it. A few important items to help make sure your music festival experience is fun, enjoyable, and comfortable.